SHERMAN - Members of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of a member of their team. A K-9 officer was shot and killed last night by a well-known county figure.
Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary says former Grayson County judge Tim McGraw shot and killed the sheriff's office K-9, Acks after Acks wandered onto McGraw's property. Sheriff Gary says it's like losing a part of the family.
The Sheriff's Office purchased the 130 pound German shepherd six years ago, and Acks helped with the drug enforcement division of the Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Ricky Wheeler took care of Acks and he lived at Wheeler's home, which is about 200 yards from McGraw's property.
An incident report says Acks wandered onto McGraw's property and McGraw says his dogs were being attacked by another dog. McGraw grabbed a pistol and fired two shots into the ground to scare Acks away. Acks started coming toward the former judge so he shot Acks in the side.
"He's always been a popular dog as he's been a around the county and the kids have seen him and so forth," Sheriff Gary says.
Acks was buried Thursday morning in a small ceremony.
Sheriff Gary says drug dogs are trained to respond to firearms, which could be why he came towards McGraw.
McGraw told us he is very sorry for killing the dog, but felt like he was being attacked.
Sheriff Gary says drug dogs cost about ten thousand dollars, and his office is still looking at what their next step will be to replace the dog.